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Friday September 13th 2002 , 8:59 pm GMT, is where it all began, and CTRO™ was born, and some things are not born equal. CTRO™ is a dedicated Honda owners club, and we love what we do, it’s who we are. As a team working side by side, we aspire to deliver the best resource for Honda products anywhere in the world: a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated. Our team at CTRO™ have worked with Honda on numerous events including vehicle launches, motor shows, owner events and the organisation of photo shoots for every major UK automotive magazine publisher. We are THE definitive resource for all things Honda and Type R. f you want the very best in Type R information and Honda news, you have found the right place, and we welcome you to our world, the world of Honda, the world of Type R, but more importantly to our family, the family of CTRO™. “Often Imitated , Never Duplicated”

30th January 2016 Uncategorized

Matt Simpson signs BTCC deal with Speedworks


Speedworks Motorsport has announced the first of its drivers for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign, with multiple Quaife Intermarque and European Hot Rod Champion Matt Simpson graduating to the UK’s premier series in a newly-built Honda Civic Type R.

Simpson is a two-time European Hot Rod Champion, a former runner-up on the World Championship stage and more recently a double Quaife Intermarque title-winner. The 34-year-old recently tested a Civic Type R at Donington Park, and despite enjoying the experience enormously he is under no illusions as to the huge challenge ahead.

“BTCC cars are heavier and more powerful than what I’ve been accustomed to,” acknowledged the West Drayton ace, who will also be eligible for the Jack Sears Trophy for newcomers. “I also have to get used to dealing with front-wheel-drive so I know it will be a steep learning curve in the first year, but the BTCC is the next step and the pinnacle of saloon car racing.

“Obviously my aim is to be BTCC Champion one day, although that won’t happen overnight, and for the time being I’m just looking forward to settling into the series and getting to grips with the famously cut-and-thrust nature of touring car racing. If we can consistently improve and edge closer to the front of the grid as the season progresses, hopefully by the end of it we can be scoring some strong finishes.”

Simpson’s Honda will initially run under the Simpson Race Exhausts banner alongside Speedworks’ Toyota Avensis, whose driver will be confirmed in due course.

This year witnessed a genuine breakthrough for Speedworks, as in its fifth season in the all-action, ITV4 live-televised BTCC, the plucky independent squad achieved its maiden podium finish when Tom Ingram piloted its heavily-revised machine to runner-up spoils at Rockingham, following a captivating duel for victory with two-time champion Jason Plato.

The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) SuperStar enjoyed the experience so much that he replicated the result in the Brands Hatch finale a month later. Buoyed by its tremendously popular success, Speedworks is doubling up in 2016 after acquiring a second TBL (TOCA BTCC Licence) and adding a Team Dynamics-supplied Civic Type R to its stable – meaning Simpson will be behind the wheel of the same model of car as that which propelled Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden to the title this season.

“We are absolutely delighted to be expanding our presence on the BTCC grid, which will make Speedworks a more potent force than ever before,” contended the Northwich, Cheshire-based outfit’s team principal Christian Dick. “I am extremely pleased that Matt and his family are coming on-board with us, as we have known them for a while now and have been watching Matt’s progress with great interest. We’re sure that we can get the best out of him and deliver a solid package.

“Due in no small part to Team Dynamics being the most successful BTCC team in the paddock, we have entered into an agreement with them to produce for us a new NGTC Honda Civic Type R, with components used in 2015 and to the same specification as their championship-winning car. This agreement also extends to downstream technical support, and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming years and forging a strong partnership.”

Keep in touch with Matt and the team via the following social media feeds:

Matt Simpson
Twitter: @Mattsimpson303

Simpson Exhausts
Twitter: @SimpsonExhausts
Instagram: simpsonraceexhausts

Matt Simpson enters the BTCC in 2016.

Honda Type R story: Road to the red zone

The book tells the story of the Type R brand; cars made for those passionate about the thrill of driving.

The book is available worldwide, the shipping costs are the same, 12 € for all countries (except France).

We begin in a small village at the foot of Mt Fuji to retrace the life of a little boy that didn’t think like the others, and who created – a few years later – a giant of the automotive industry: The Honda Motor Company.

Through his exceptional success story, we’ll discover the advent of the sportiest Honda cars; from the first NSX to the 2015 Civic Type R.

With anecdotes, exclusive photographs, interviews, technical specifications and a unique insight from an enthusiast’s perspective, I will guarantee that this will be an invigorating read.

The book is an illuminating narrative, written by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts who see cars as an object of pleasure, and not just as a means of getting from A to B.

Below is an unfinished extract from the book. The book’s content will be dual language, English & French.

To preorder the new book, please visit the following URL:

What are the funds for?

I don’t have a publishing house working with me on this project as they’re not crazy enough! I’m doing this with small team.To understand the book to a degree where I would want to buy it, I knew I needed to be surrounded by people who are as passionate as I am. There are now thirteen people working on it!

It’s been a risk to personally bear all of the operating costs (design, graphics, correction, translation, linguist & travel).

With almost 18,000 Euros invested in the project so far, if I do not acquire enough orders to print the book, the team will be paid as agreed.

The justification of the crowdfunding is to make sure the printing of the book happens.

I have chosen to use a well known European printer (Escourbiac), who can offer the best type of materials to make sure the book has the quality feel it deserves.

During discussions on the French forums, a final price of €45 Euros was agreed for European orders (excluding delivery).

For us to achieve this price point, an initial order of 500 books would have to be placed. The book would not make the project a profit until around 950 orders have been placed.

This project is something I care about deeply and therefore I propose to you (on Ulule only) that the price to acquire the book will have a special price of €39 (excluding delivery) for European orders.

If the orders of the book exceed 1000 units, then instead of giving you back some Euro’s, I will be offering additional content, which will be obtained from a trip to Japan in the near future, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

If the campaign is successful, and I truly hope it is, I will be offering a financial bonus to my team for all of the hard work that I have asked of them for the duration of this project. If it doesn’t work, I’ll offer you a new campaign with a lower goal but with a higher price.

I am pleased to introduce to you my wonderful team.

About the project owner

Lionel Lucas, 32 years old.In addition to my daily career as a civil engineer, I’ve  also been a blogger the French website Caradisiac since 2006.With regards Type R’s, I think I loved them from the moment I knew they existed.

When Honda stopped selling the Type R in Europe in 2010, I had the thought to begin writing this book, and to celebrate the planned return of the Type R brand to Europe, I started this project just over a year ago.

I have to honest and say that this book provides a certain element of therapy for me. After many years of driving iconic cars such as Peugeot Rallye’s, Clio Cups and Civic Type R’s, I almost lost my licence, and realising that I had paid out more than €2500 euros in fines, I took a moment of reflection and purchased a hybrid car.

I must admit that my behaviour during this period changed. I believe that we can take pleasure in driving on the road whilst being completely responsible. There is a time for everything.

For me it is a matter of balance, self control and responsibility.

The sheer thrill of driving is something that we must relish in those exceptional moments, and through the reading of this book, I really hope I can share this philosophy with you.

29th January 2016 Journal, Media, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Tuners give new twist on Civic Type R at Tokyo Auto Salon.

  • Japanese tuning houses Mugen and Modulo unveil their vision of Civic Type R at Tokyo Auto Salon
  • Tokyo Auto Salon is the world’s largest customised automobile show
  • Other Honda vehicles to feature include several versions of S660 roadster
  • Honda Racing to exhibit Super GT500 NSX CONCEPT-GT
  • Tokyo Auto Salon open to the public from 15-17 January

Amongst the concepts and special editions at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, tuners have turned their attention to the new Civic Type R to give their unique twist on the race car for the road.

The event is the world’s largest customised automobile show, with thousands attending to see radical versions of some of the best-selling cars in Japan and globally.

Mugen Civic Type R concept
Famous for making many adaptations of best-selling Honda models, tuning house Mugen has taken the new Civic Type R (recently launched for sale in Japan) and added even more aggressive body styling to the package.

The concept adds a revised front bumper with contrasting black parts around the lip and wheel arches. The black theme is continued through the rest of the car, with side and rear skirts giving an aggressive on road stance. The standard rear spoiler is replaced by a lighter, race car inspired design, again finished in black.

Modulo Civic Type R
Modulo have taken the standard Type R design, and added a revised body kit, with flared side skirts. The standard fuel filler cap has been replaced with one of a different design, while red body colour accents are used on the wing mirror covers and the sides of the rear spoiler.

Honda Racing at Tokyo Auto Salon
Honda Racing will exhibit a range of its challengers from 2015, including the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the Super GT GT500 NSX CONCEPT-GT and Honda’s entry in the Japanese Super Formula series.

Other Honda exhibits at Tokyo Auto Salon

STEP WGN Modulo Concept
Modulo S660 Study Model
Modulo S660 Drago Modulo Special Model
N-ONE Modulo X
N-BOX Modulo X
N-WGN Daily Luxe Collection + E500
Modulo FIT
Mugen S660
Honda S660 MUGEN RA Prototype
Mugen STEP WGN Spada
Mugen Vezel

Honda Civic Type R Mugen

Honda Mugen S660

Honda NSX Super GT Concept.

12th November 2015 BTCC, Latest, News

BTCC Honda Yuasa Racing secures first motorsport title for new Civic Type R

The new Honda Civic Type R has this weekend added motorsport honours to its growing list of plaudits, as Honda Yuasa Racing clinched the drivers and manufacturers championship in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in a tense final round at Brands Hatch.

Continuing the success story for the most high performance car ever to wear the red ‘H’ badge, the new Honda Civic Type R was developed with help from the brand’s World Touring Car Team. Vital analysis and feedback from the track informed decisions about performance and styling, supporting the British team to driver and manufacturer titles in its first competitive year.

The road-going version of the Civic Type R broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show back in March and with the Dunlop MSA British Touring Cars season kicking off just a few short weeks after, the Honda Yuasa Racing team required special assistance from Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) to ensure the car was ready to race.

Billed as a race car for the road, the aggressive hot hatch set the fastest time for a front wheel drive car around the legendary Nurburgring and has a total output of 310ps, a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.

Gordon Shedden commented: “You’re only as good as the car you’re sat in, and the Honda Yuasa Racing guys have given me an amazing bit of kit all season. The Honda Civic Type R only came out this year, and we’ve won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

“At the start of the season, because of the newness of the car, we had severely limited part

Honda wins BTCC drivers and manufacturers championships

Honda wins BTCC drivers and manufacturers championships

12th November 2015 Latest, News

Ricky Wilson gets exclusive tour of McLaren Technology Centre from Jenson Button

Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and Honda Civic Type R ambassador, spent today (Thursday 15th October) being given an exclusive guided tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button, as well as taking on the McLaren F1 simulator.

In front of a huge crowd of fans on the Honda stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in June, Jenson invited The Voice coach and Radio X DJ to the state-of-the-art facility in Woking to see the production side of McLaren for both F1 and road cars but due to the pairs busy schedules the tour has only just been able to take place.

As well as taking in the state-of-the-art Formula One facility, the immaculate McLaren Road Car production line and the on-site wind tunnel, Ricky was put to the test in the F1 simulator. This is where Jenson prepares for each grand prix, learning the tracks and refining the car’s set-up for the weekend ahead. For Ricky, it was a baptism of fire – he was given a crash helmet and a pair of driving gloves before immediately being strapped into the cockpit for some super-fast laps of the Circuit Of The Americas, the venue for next week’s US Grand Prix.

“I am so glad Jenson had gone by the time I got into the simulator as I don’t think the boys at McLaren had ever seen anyone roll it before now,” said Ricky Wilson. “When it comes to toys; they don’t come any bigger or better than that and I feel extremely lucky to be one of the very few people to have experienced it. I thought my Civic Type R was quick but that is a whole new level.

“Becoming an ambassador for the Civic Type R has been fantastic and I’m doing some amazing things and going to some amazing places, like the MTC. From earning my race licence up at Knockhill with the 2015 BTCC champion Gordon Shedden to taking on the Goodwood hillclimb this summer at the Festival of Speed to now experiencing the wonder of the McLaren Technology Centre; every day I am loving it more and more!”

“It’s his turn to invite me to something now,” said Jenson Button. “He owes me VIP backstage passes to the next big gig he does and I am not taking no for an answer!”

“Signing Ricky to the Honda family was a fantastic decision,” said Phil Crossman, Managing Director of Honda UK, “Not only is he a rock star but he’s now a fully qualified racing driver with a race car for the road in the new Civic Type R. Jenson taking him around the McLaren Technology Centre can only serve to further fuel his passion for all things automotive.

“Plus I sincerely hope that Ricky will also provide me with me a couple of VIP backstage passes to his next gig!”

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

12th November 2015 Latest, News

Honda NSX supercar shortlisted for What Car? Reader Award 2016

Honda NSX supercar shortlisted for What Car? Reader Award 2016

  • Next generation NSX supercar among the most eagerly anticipated new cars of 2016
  • Honda HR-V took the 2015 What Car? Reader Award crown
  • Voting open now until Friday 27 November. Cast your votes for the NSX here:
NSX shortlisted for 2016 What Car? Reader Award

NSX shortlisted for 2016 What Car? Reader Award

Hot on the heels of the Honda HR-V taking the 2015 What Car? Reader Award crown, the NSX supercar is in the running to continue Honda’s success for a second year in a row. Compiled by What Car? experts and voted for by readers, the shortlist for the 2016 Reader Award features the most eagerly anticipated new models coming to the UK market in the next twelve months.

Arriving in the UK next year, the NSX has been specially created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar sector. Resulting from a three-year intensive engineering programme by a global design and engineering team at Honda’s development centre in Raymond, Ohio, the NSX features classic low and wide proportions, an aggressive front design, and rear lights that pay homage to the original NSX.

At the heart of the NSX’s performance is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT which delivers 565bhp and a 0-62mph estimated at under three seconds.

The Reader Award is part of the 39th annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, in association with Warranty Direct and is a valuable indication of sentiment towards cars being brought to market in the next year.

Jim Holder, What Car? Editorial Director commented: “With so many exciting new models going on sale over the course of the next 12 months, British motorists have never had so many outstanding options available at every price.

“The Reader Award holds a special prominence for all the manufacturers because it is voted for purely by the paying public. Winning this award is a huge accolade, because it signals to a manufacturer that it has an upcoming sales success on its hands.”

Philip Crossman, Managing Director at Honda (UK) commented: “It’s great to see that I’m not alone in looking forward to the launch of the NSX and I have my fingers crossed that it will help us retain the Reader Award title. We were all very proud when the HR-V won the crown back in January and to be able to see the title go to the NSX would be brilliant. I will be encouraging everyone I speak to and see to cast their vote.”

Voting is open now and closes on Friday 27 November, with the Reader Award winner announced at the What Car? awards ceremony on Wednesday 13th January 2016. To view the shortlist and to vote please visit:

For further information on the new NSX please visit:

11th November 2015 Uncategorized

Type R History


Type R – The “R” stands for Racing.

The Type R brand delivers speed and excitement that stimulates the driver and enhances the driving experience. All Type R cars are immersed in Honda’s racing DNA and the knowledge and expertise of Honda’s engineers. When creating a Type R car, Honda aim to create the ultimate driving machine.

The spirit of Type R was first seen in 1964, long before the first Type R model was built. This was the year that Honda first joined Formula One. At the time Honda was still a relatively small car manufacturer but with the dedication of our engineers we met challenging targets and achieved what often seemed unachievable.

The first Honda Formula One machine to compete in a Grand Prix (Germany) was painted in Ivory White and featured the Honda emblem in red…these colours have been passed on to all Honda Type R cars.


1992 NSX Type R

Available in Japan only.

This car marked the beginning of the Type R story. The revolutionary NSX had a never seen before all-aluminium body. The Type R NSX was 120kg lighter than the standard NSX base and furthermore had surprisingly stiff suspension which delivers excellent handling, that was best felt while driving on the circuit. The NSX Type R was truly, a track-ready, racing sports car, and from here on the legend of the Type R was born.

Engine: 3.0L Six-cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 280PS / 7,300 rpm
Maximum Torque: 30.0kg · m / 5,400 rpm

1995 Integra Type R

Available in Japan only.

In 1995 Honda introduced the Integra Type R. This was a more down to earth car and more accessible to customers. The Integra had a reputation of delivering nimble handling and Honda engineers applied similar principles to those applied to the NSX Type R, reducing the base weight of the car and applying hard “track ready” suspension. Following this level of fine tuning and testing, the piston speed of this car was said to be faster than that of the F1 cars of the time.

Engine: 1.8L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 200PS / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 18.5kg · m / 7,500 rpm

1997 Civic Type R (EK9)

Available in Japan only.

Engine: 1.6L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 185PS / 8,200 rpm
Maximum Torque: 16.3kg · m / 7,500 rpm

1998 Integra Type R

Available in Europe and U.S. This was the first Type R model introduced in Europe.

Engine: 1.8L Four-cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 190PS / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 178 N · m / 7,300 rpm

1999 Accord Type R

Available in Europe only.

Engine: 2.2L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 212PS / 7,200 rpm
Maximum Torque: 215N · m / 6,700 rpm

2001 Second Generation Integra Type R

Available in Japan only.

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 162kW [220PS] / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 206N · m [21.0kg · m] / 7,000 rpm

2001 Second Generation Civic Type R

First Civic Type R available in Europe.

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 162kW [220PS] / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 206N · m [21.0kg · m] / 7,000 rpm

European version:
Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 200PS / 7,400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 196N · m / 5,900 rpm

2002 Second Generation NSX Type R

Available in Japan only.

Engine: 3.2L 6 cylinder DOHC VTEC
Maximum Output: 206kW [280PS] / 7,300 rpm
Maximum Torque: 304N · m [31.0kg · m] / 5,300 rpm

2007 Third Generation Civic Type R

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 165kW [225PS] / 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 215N · m [21.9kg · m] / 6,100 rpm

2007 Third Generation Civic Type R (European Version)

Engine: 2.0L Four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
Maximum Output: 148kW [201PS] / 7,800 rpm
Maximum Torque: 193N · m 5,600 rpm

25th October 2009 Civic


August 1997: The EK9 Civic Type-R is launched in Japan. It is powered by an exclusively-developed 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC B16B engine that makes 185 bhp at 8,200 rpm.

The lightweight B16B engine features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing, and increased compression ratio.

Main features of handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tires.

The Civic Type R models were preceded by the 1990-1991 EF8 CRX SiR and the 1992-1995 EG6 SiR-II. The 1990-1991 Civic CRX SiR was the first Civic ever to utilize the potent B16A engine and an optional LSD, and with a stripped out interior devoid of optional luxuries such as power windows, A/C and power steering, they proved to be quite a quick hatch.

This inaugural top-of-the range Civic marked Honda’s successes in Formula One, with multiple Constructor’s Championships with the Marlboro McLaren team.

The latter EG6 SiR-II used the same stripped out formula, with a 10 hp (7 kW) hike for the B16A engine and a marginally stiffer chassis, this time in a larger heavier body shell.

The 1998 EK9 Civic was the first to be given the Type R badge. It featured a Type R prepared B16B engine producing 185 PS (182 hp), Helical LSD, stiffer chassis, upgraded sway bars and strut bars, Recaro alcantara seats, 15″ alloy wheels and a large boot spoiler. Since then, most generations have offered a Type R variant. The Type R version of the Civic has never been sold in the U.S.

Model Type E-EK9
Transmission 5MT
Layout FF
Seating Capacity 4
Dimensions & Weight
Length / Width / Height (mm) 4180 / 1695 / 1360
Wheelbase (mm) 2,620
Tread Front/Rear (mm) 1480 / 1480
Indoor size Length/Width/Height (mm) 1705 / 1390 / 1115
Weight (Kg) 1,090
Minimum Ground Clearance (mm) 135
Engine type B16B
Engine Water cooled IL4 DOHC VTEC
Displacement (cc) 1595
Bore x Stroke (mm) 81.0 x 77.4
Compression Ratio 10.8
Fuel System PGM-FI
Horsepower (PS/rpm) 185/8200
Torque (Kgm/rpm) 16.3/7500
Gear Ratio 5MT
1st 3.230
2nd 2.105
3rd 1.458
4th 1.107
5th 0.848
Reverse 3.000
Final Gear Ratio 4.400
Suspension Front/Rear Double Wishbone / Double Wishbone
Brake Front/Rear Ventilated Discs / Discs
Tire Front 195/55R15
Tire Rear 195/55R15
Fuel Capacity (litre) 45
23rd October 2009 COTM 2009

Car of the Month (October 2009) – COPY

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Time owned?

since April 2004 to present

Why did you choose a Type R?

I was looking for a new car to replace my aging Peugeot 205 GTi. It had to be a hatchback due to carrying equipment round as part of my job at the time. I test drove all the contenders available – the Audi S3 was a totally inert chassis and dull but very well put together, the Mini Cooper was a hoot to handle but the interior was a bit of a let down and the boot space was ridiculously small. The Leon Cupra R 225 really caught my eye but again the chassis was a bit of a let down. My other half already had a Renault Clio 172 and although I quite fancied a Cup, it was silly to both own the same car.

The Golf GTi mk5 was shown in 2003 but didn't come out until September 2004 so I decided to wait for it. Then a mate of mine phoned me up all excited because he had just picked up a new r30th AE Civic Type R in Satin Silver. Well I'd not really given the Civic much consideration to be honest, but after he took me out in it for a couple of hours I was absolutely smitten with the revvy nature of the engine and N/A technology. Within a few days I had booked a test drive and there and then I put down a deposit. Within a month a NHB facelift model had come into Barretts of Canterbury so I took it and haven't looked back since.

Tell us about your modifications?

Whilst waiting for the car I had been browsing the CTRO movie clips section and had seen a video Trung had posted with a GruppeM and Spoon N1 exhaust system. That was it for me. Within 4 weeks of owning it, I had completely ruined the warranty and had a GruppeM and Spoon N1 catback fitted by Guy Chamberlain at CPL Racing and then about a month later I was back at CPL having a KPro fitted. It kind of snowballed from there.

Do you have any future plans for the car?

I would eventually like to get round to fitting a big brake kit such as AP Racing, Stoptech or Brembo. Other than that I am happy with the car as it is, although I am looking longingly at Bride seats on these days.


Verdon Gorge, France

Photo taken during the Honda Euro Tour 2006 in the Gorges du Verdon in the south of France
















Engine –

2.0l 16 valve iVTEC
Hondata KPro ECU – 8600 rpm limit, 4300rpm VTEC activation
Gruppe-M induction kit
Toda Racing manifold / decat
Spoon Sports N1 midpipe
Standard backbox due to noise limits
Spoon Sports earthing kit
Spoon Sports rad cap
Spoon Sports oil cap
Energy Suspension engine mounts
Shell Helix 5w40 fully synthetic oil


Photo taken halfway up the Stelvio Pass, Italy during the Honda Euro Tour 2005
















Transmission –

Factory 6 speed gearbox
Quaife ATB LSD
Toda Racing lightened flywheel
Toda Racing balanced clutch
Honda MTF-II gearbox oil

Brunnchen Photo taken during one of many trips to the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, this one was taken at Easter 2005 when the Nordschleife track was linked to the GP circuit and open to the public during TF















Suspension –
JDM spec front & rear swaybars
Revised geometry, inc toe/camber to custom spec

Brakes/tyres –

Factory disks
Ferodo DS2500's front & rear
Motul RBF racing fluid
Goodridge braided brake lines front & rear
Bridgestone RE040 tyres

Furka Pass, Switzerland Photo taken during the Honda Euro Tour 2005 as we headed from St Moritz in Switzerland to Chamonix in France, via the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The photo was taken at sunset on the Furka Pass looking back towards the direction we had come from.










Exterior –

TechOne HID kit with Hella ballasts and 6000k bulbs
PolarG Shinning Wizards sidelight bulbs
Magnetic GB badge
Nordschleife stickers
“M25ring” sticker
Kerbed alloys
Parking dings
Conker dents in bonnet and roof
Scraped rear bumper and skirt
Cat claw scrapes


Photo taken approx 30 minutes from the Nurburgring Nordschleife on an organised CTRO visit to the 'ring in August 2006. We spent a good 30 minutes on this single hairpin having fun














Interior –

Spoon Sports titanium gearknob
Carbonfibre JDM Type R sill strips
Road Angel 2
TomTom 710
Sony Camcorder
Manfrotto camera mount
DogCamPro bullet camera
Sky Tools CamEye Sport LANC remote (1 touch camera record)
Fastfilms external mount
Vanilla Magic Tree


Photo taken during a trackday at Brands Hatch in 2006, this is the approach to Druids Bend











With thanks to:

  • Guy Chamberlain at CPL Racing for parts, help and advice.
  • Craig Thompson for being good with spanners and standing in the pouring rain at night during winter fixing engine mounts and also putting up with me (but not keeping up with me!!!) on all of the Honda Euro Tours.
  • Emma for being a great co-pilot / navigator and putting up with me all the time
  • Everyone on the CTRO forums for the great advice, information, help and endless sources of amusement

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23rd October 2009 Civic

FN2 GT Mugen Edition




MUGEN Euro has confirmed a limited production run of the Civic Type R MUGEN, following huge interest in the concept version from the UK and overseas.

An exclusive run of up to 20 cars will be hand-built in the UK by MUGEN, the long-standing tuner of Honda engines for motor racing. Production of the road-legal super hatch will take place at MUGEN Euro, based in Northampton – with customers receiving a unique, involved experience during the build process of each car.

Using over 20 years of experience and engineering expertise gained at the forefront of global motorsport, engineers from MUGEN in Japan and Europe analysed every component of the Swindon-built 3-door Civic Type R – before developing one of the quickest normally-aspirated front drive cars in the world.

“Each Type R MUGEN will be an exclusive, hand-built race car for the road,” says Hiroki Toyoda, Vice President of MUGEN EURO. “When we launched the Civic Type RR saloon in Japan, we sold out of all 300 units in just six minutes. Given the interest we have already had from car enthusiasts in the UK and abroad, we hope to repeat that achievement.”

Race engine for the road
The 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine is the first to reap the benefits of MUGEN’s time in Formula 1 and GT racing, as well as hundreds of development hours and testing time with the Honda K20A engine on the world-class MUGEN engine dyno. New camshafts and a modified intake system increase power by 20 per cent to 240PS, and boost torque by 10 per cent throughout the rev range. A change of pistons also helps by increasing the compression ratio, and breathing is enhanced by fitting a custom stainless steel exhaust system and MUGEN airbox. Meanwhile, a bespoke MUGEN map for the ECU allows the engine to take full advantage of the modifications.

“MUGEN engineers pay incredible attention to detail, often measuring to one thousandth of a millimetre when tuning and rebuilding an engine, and this process typically takes approximately seven days of work,” says Hiroki Toyoda.

“When our engineers aren’t building customer engines, they are at circuits with top level race and rally teams helping to manage and prepare race engines. We are very proud to bring our motorsport experience to the road with this high performance Honda engine, the very first time that a MUGEN-tuned engine has ever been offered for use on the road in the UK.”

The extra power of the tuned engine is transferred to road or track via a limited slip differential, and grip and handling are also significantly improved through a completely revised suspension set-up, with custom-made springs and dampers employed.

Improving the stopping power are bespoke four-piston mono-block racing brake callipers, which sit under high-density, lightweight forged alloy wheels. These weigh just 7.85kg each (32 per cent less than the production wheel), contributing to a significant reduction in unsprung weight.

Integrated style
MUGEN was keen to amend the already-aggressive original styling of the Civic Type R with modifications that are integrated. A large wing adorns the back of the car, and plays a role in increasing downforce at speed, to improve stability. Other measures to improve the car’s overall aero efficiency include replacing front and rear skirts with high-quality composite items. At the front, a new grille wearing the MUGEN emblem enhances the nose.

Every Civic Type R MUGEN will be painted in Honda’s famous Championship White – the traditional racing colour of the brand, in which its first Formula 1 car was painted back in 1964. To authenticate the car’s exclusivity each will wear a special badge inside on the centre console, listing the serial number of each unique model.

To make the ultimate Type R even more extreme, particularly for circuit use, MUGEN is offering an optional ‘Track Pack’. This package includes front Recaro seats, removal of the rear seat bench with a composite blanking panel fitted to reduce weight, water and oil temperature/pressure gauges, data recording equipment, and track-ready road-legal tyres.

Concept development
While early engineering and development was carried out by MUGEN in Japan, a considerable amount of time has been spent honing the car for UK conditions. Engineers from the UK and Japan carried out 36 hours of suspension testing on 2200km of British roads during September, to further tune the set-up. In addition, MUGEN’s engine specialists adjusted ECU mapping and throttle response – and a new exhaust system was fitted to improve resonance. Plus, the team worked on brake feel, seeing a 30 per cent improvement after three days of testing.

The production model has also benefitted from feedback gathered from UK media, and Type R enthusiasts in the UK. This information was fed into the development process and helped decide the final spec of the 20 production units.


Price confirmed
MUGEN Euro has set the price for the Honda Civic Type R MUGEN at £38,599 OTR.

This price includes an unparalleled purchasing experience, which involves direct contact with MUGEN engineers throughout the car’s build. This will be a package tailored to individual customers – similar to the service offered when buying a racing car. Each of the Type Rs will be built to the customer’s exact specification, including their choice of options. Even ECU mapping can be adjusted to suit specific customer tastes or driving style.

The price also takes into account MUGEN racing engine building expertise and heritage. Put it into context, MUGEN would typically charge around £165,000 + VAT for a full racing Type R, with the engine costing about 10 per cent of this price. Only a select few have had the chance to sit behind the wheel of a Honda-MUGEN, and even fewer have owned one, so this is an extremely unique opportunity.

For more information, customers can call the dedicated customer service line: 0845 200 8007, or visit:




In-line 4-cyl


Front, transverse



Bore x stroke    

86 x 86mm

Cylinder block    

Aluminium alloy

Cylinder head    

Aluminium alloy, dohc, 4 valves per cylinder, i-VTEC

Fuel and ignition    

Electronic engine management, multipoint fuel injection

Max power    

237bhp @ 8300rpm

Max torque    

157lb ft @ 6250rpm


Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive, limited-slip differential, VSA

Front suspension    

MacPherson struts, Mugen coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll bar

Rear suspension    

Torsion beam, Mugen coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll bar


310mm ventilated discs front, 260mm solid discs rear, ABS, EBD


7.5 x 18in front and rear, aluminium alloy


225/40 R18 front and rear, Yokohama Neova

Weight (kerb)    





5.9sec (est)

Top speed    

155mph (est)

Basic price    

£38599 OTR

On sale

Now, only 20 will be ever made.

  Who are MUGEN/M-Tec Co. Ltd?

  • MUGEN means ‘infinite’ or ‘unlimited’ in Japanese, hence the term ‘MUGEN Power’
  • The company was founded in 1973 by Hirotoshi Honda, the son of Honda founder, Soichiro Honda. The company is still owned by the Honda family, but is completely independent of Honda Motor. It does, however, have a special relationship with Honda and works closely with the manufacturer on the development of high performance engines and cars
  • MUGEN specialises in building and tuning Honda engines for racing
  • At the MUGEN M-Tec factory in Saitama, Japan, major components can be constructed for racing and high performance road engines
  • MUGEN employs approximately 180 people
  • From 1991 to 2000, MUGEN built and prepared Formula 1 engines for a number of teams, including Tyrrell, Ligier, Prost and Jordan. It has also acted as an adviser for Honda’s own Formula 1 engine development
  • Until 2005 MUGEN was the sole supplier of Formula Nippon engines
  • The company now prepares Honda NSX customer cars for the Super GT Championship, Formula 3, the Japan Le Mans series, Formula Nippon and the Nurburgring 24 Hour
  • MUGEN also supplies engines for JAS Motorsport for their customer rally cars
  • Its other business is selling aftermarket parts to enthusiasts for road and race cars


For more information, please contact:

Steve Kirk
T: 01753 590232

Emma Knight
T: 01753590193

Images and other Honda press material can be downloaded from
the Honda (UK) media website at

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